Israel could spend more than 1.3 billion USD to intercept 300 Iranian UAVs and missiles.
Israeli anti-aircraft missile bullets in the sky on April 14. Photo: Reuters

The former Israeli Brigadier General estimates that the country’s military could lose more than $1.3 billion to deal with Iran’s UAV and missile attacks.

“We took down Iranian ballistic missiles with the Arrow complex, cruise missiles with other systems and mainly used fighters to shoot down Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),” said former Brigadier General Reem Aminoach, once a Financial advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), said on April 14.

According to Mr. Aminoach, each missile of the Arrow complex costs 3.5 million USD, an interceptor shell of David’s Sling system costs 1 million USD, and the cost for each fighter jet is about the same. The total cost of the campaign to counter Iran’s raid that Israel must spend is 1-1.3 billion USD, Mr. Aminoach estimated.

Meanwhile, Mr. Aminoach estimated that Iran’s cost of the attack was only 10% of Israel’s defense efforts. “We need to prepare for the possibility of a series of similar raids and understand the level of defense needed,” he said.

The Israeli army has not commented on the above information. Iran has not announced the total cost of the raid campaign.

Iran and the armed groups it supports launched a total of 170 UAVs, 120 ballistic missiles and 30 cruise missiles in a raid on Israeli territory on the night of April 13 and early morning of April 14. The IDF claims to have defeated 99% of these targets together with allies and partners.

Israel’s allies, such as the US and UK, deployed fighters, warships and air defense complexes to participate in blocking Iran’s attack. However, they have not announced the costs involved.

Experts say Iran uses the tactic of combining UAVs with missiles to attack Israel. This tactic forces the opponent to launch expensive missiles to block cheap UAVs and deplete their air defense capabilities, creating conditions for the next missile attack.

Iran uses several slower and less sophisticated UAVs than existing jet-powered models, seemingly knowing they will be destroyed easily. This raid could pose a new challenge for Israel, as achieving a 99% interception rate requires an air defense system that costs much more than the total value of the targets.